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Jesuit Pilgrimage Footsteps of St. Ignatius Loyola in Spain – Early Ignatian Places


An Ignatian Pilgrimage focused on Saint Ignatius Loyola

The Jesuit Pilgrimage of St. Ignatius Loyola in Spain featuring early Ignatian places visits some of the most important sites in the life of Saint Ignatius Loyola the founder of the Society of Jesus more commonly known as the Jesuits.  In the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, we begin with a visit to the magnificent Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. Dominating the city skyline this yet unfinished masterpiece designed by famed architect, Antonio Gaudi has been under construction for over 135 years. We will have the opportunity to admire its beauty from the outside as well as the inside. We will also walk through the Gothic Quarter to visit the cathedral and explore the colorful markets of Las Ramblas. Located in the mountains just outside the city, we will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat to venerate the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna. Over the centuries a steady stream of pilgrims has come here to pray, including St. Ignatius of Loyola. It was in a nearby cave in Manresa that he lived for many months in poverty, prayer, and penitence, and where he wrote his Book of Spiritual Exercises.  Why don’t you go ahead and book Saint Ignatius Loyola in Spain Pilgrimage Tour with early Ignatian places for 2024 or 2025 today?


Tour Details for St. Ignatius Loyola in Spain Pilgrimage Tour - Early Ignatian Places
Barcelona · Montserrat · Manresa · Madrid · Burgos - Loyola - Pamplona - Xavier - Huesca

Departure & Return Location

Your local airport of choice — Or you can choose land only and make your own flight arrangements.

Departure Time

Arrive for Check-in 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares - Round trip airfare listed below Airfare is included for most major airports
  • 1 Checked Bag with the Airlines
  • Hotel Accommodations - First Class Hotelswith Porterage
  • Meals - Breakfast and Dinner DailyWine & mineral water with dinners
  • All transportation in destination locationAirconditioned Motor Coach with Bottled Water available onboard
  • Tour Guide - Professional English Speaking Guides - always Catholic
  • Entrance Fees - Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itineraryWhisper Headsets where needed
  • Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated

Price Excludes


  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag
Itinerary St. Ignatius Loyola in Spain Pilgrimage Tour - Early Ignatian Places
Barcelona · Montserrat · Manresa · Madrid · Burgos - Loyola - Pamplona - Xavier - Huesca

Day 1Depart USA

spain tourisim logo pilgrimageDepart from the USA aboard overnight flight(s) to Madrid. Breakfast and dinner are served aboard the transatlantic flight.

Day 2Arrival in Madrid

cathedral in madrid spain pilgrimage tourUpon arrival in Madrid, you will meet your local tour escort and transfer to your hotel located in the heart of Madrid’s historic center. Tonight you will walk through the Plaza Mayor.  Overnight in Madrid with Dinner.


This morning you will depart for Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile. Here you will have Mass at the Santa Maria Cathedral, the burial place of Spanish Kings, and El Cid Spain’s famous hero.  He is buried in the Cathedral of Burgos, the third largest church of Spain and one of the country’s most striking for its beautiful Spanish gothic style. We stop here and then make our way to Loyola.  Here, in 1491 Saint Ignatius Loyola was born in the Castle of Loyola.  Dinner and overnight in Loyola.

Day 4LOYOLA: Ignatius home and museum - Aranzazu

In Loyola, we visit Ignatius’ former house and the museum. We include a visit to Aranzazu, a popular shrine to Our Lady at the time of Ignatius, where we know Ignatius prayed for strength to overcome the temptations to which he had formerly yielded. Here we celebrate Mass.
This afternoon, 

  dinner in Loyola.


This morning you will travel to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius. See the 17th Century Basilica dedicated to St Ignatius and visit his family home which contains the place referred to as the Room of the Conversion. Continue on to Pamplona the birthplace and childhood home of St. Francis Xavier the great Evangelist of the 16th century. After the battle of Pamplona, young St. Francis Xavier was sent to the University of Paris where he would meet his roommate, Ignatius, with whom he would later co-found the Order of the Society of Jesus.


Day 6 Montserrat

mountserrat mountain spain pilgrimage tour with catholic journeysAfter breakfast, you will make your way to Montserrat, home to the dramatically set Benedictine monastery. On a rugged mountainside, you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Since the 12th century, pilgrims have been drawn to the mountain to venerate the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna. According to Catholic tradition, the statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat was carved by St. Luke around 50 AD and brought to Spain. It was later hidden from the Moors in a cave, where it was rediscovered by shepherds in 880 AD. They saw a bright light and heard heavenly music that eventually led them to the grotto and the statue. The Bishop of Manresa, present at the discovery, suggested that it be moved to Manresa, but the small statue was discovered to be so heavy it could not be lifted. Thus the Virgin had indicated her will to stay in Montserrat to be venerated there. In the 11th century, the abbot-bishop Oliba founded a monastery on the mountain of Montserrat next to one of the chapels, where the Benedictine Abbey is still preserved.

montserrat madonna pilgrimage tourIt is believed that the founding of the Society of Jesus by St. Ignatius of Loyola was inspired by the Black Madonna’s apparition to St. Ignatius during his pilgrimage to the Shrine of Montserrat.

Once he recovered, Ignatius set out on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to connect more deeply to Jesus in the very places where he lived, as many Catholics still do. He is said to have experienced a vision of Mary encouraging him to pilgrimage. During his pilgrimage, he shed his material items at various stops in Spain, relinquished his sword and dagger at the Montserrat Monastery, and lived in Manresa as a beggar for about a year, praying seven hours per day.

Our visit to Montserrat, meaning “serrated mountains,” may include meeting with a Benedictine monk from the monastery that has been on the mountain since the 9th century. Enjoy a morning walk followed by prayer in the Basilica. Explore this sacred site and see the “Black Madonna,” a place of pilgrimage for centuries. Then, following the morning program in Montserrat, we will take a short drive to Manresa. We may possibly have the mini retreat room booked followed by a tour of the House of Spiritual Exercises.

Montserrat: Catalonia’s  mountain of legend par excellence and declared a Natural Park, Montserrat is one of the most important spiritual centres in Europe. The monastery has a rich tradition and many treasures associated with St. James, exemplified by the magnificent Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (Red Book of Montserrat), a 14th-century manu- script that records pilgrims’ songs and rituals and which demonstrates the antiquity of the pilgrimage routes. In addition to the basilica, which houses the Romanesque image of La Moreneta, Our Lady of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, the monas- tery is home to the Escolania, one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe. Montserrat Museum is also of interest and contains works by great artists such as Caravaggio, El Greco, Rusiñol, Cases, Picasso and Dalí. Montserrat was in the past and is still today a necessary stopping place for Ignatian pilgrims passing through Catalonia.

Return to Barcelona for dinner and overnight.

Day 7Manresa - Barcelona

manresa sign in spain This morning you will travel to Manresa, a place of profound conversion for Ignatius.  and visit the Cave of Saint Ignatius where the saint retired to meditate and write his Spiritual Exercises. You will see the Chapel of the Rapture where St. Ignatius remained motionless in ecstasy for eight days and visit the Basilica of la Seu, the large Gothic Church that has come to symbolize Manresa.

We enjoy an audiovisual presentation and a tour of the museum at Manresa. We celebrate mass at the Basilica.   We will tour the cave on the banks of the Cardoner River where St. Ignatius spent a lot of time praying and received a vision that provided him with deep insights into the spiritual life and altered the course of his own life. From the initial insights he received here, Ignatius went on to compose the “Spiritual Exercises.” Ignatius remained in Manresa for about a year and a half before continuing his journey to Barcelona. After lunch at a local restaurant, we follow Ignatius’ path to Barcelona with dinner on our own. (B, L)

Manresa: The route continues on after Montserrat to Manresa, an old industrial city in the heart of Catalonia. A nerve center on the Ignatian  Way in Europe, it lies on the Way of Abbot Oliba and the Way of St. James. In Manresa, there are many fine medieval buildings and Baroque residences, together with Modernista factories, mills, and mansions. Notable among the town’s tourist sights are the Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria de la Seu, the Baroque complex of St. Ignatius’ Cave, the old quarter, in particular Plaça de Sant  Domènec, and L’Agulla Park, with its impressive panoramic view of Montserrat mountain.

Ignatius cave

Over the years, a simple little cave has become the city’s greatest, most ostentatious monument. A large sanctuary has been built literally above the cave, which has become indisputably the key Ignatian site, and one of the universal landmarks of the Jesuit world.

In the cave, landscape and architecture blend surprisingly, forming an artificial façade on Sant Bartomeu hill, which is one of the most visible elements at the entrance to Manresa.

The inner decoration of The Cave Sanctuary has been renovated this year 2021. The Slovenian Jesuit artist Marko Rupnik has installed a set of mosaics that are decorating the eight lateral chapels belonging to the church of The Cave of Manresa.

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Overnight in Barcelona.


Day 8Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia - Gothic Quarter

city of barcelona spain pilgrimage tourThis morning we will depart for Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. This afternoon we will enjoy a tour of Barcelona including panoramic views of the Harbor area, Montjuic, Plaza de España, and Plaza de Catalunya. Continue on a guided walk through the Gothic Quarter to visit the cathedral and view Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, a beautiful, unfinished Roman Catholic basilica of impressive proportions. Dinner and overnight near Las Ramblas in Barcelona.


Day 9Return to USA

Today you will enjoy breakfast with your fellow pilgrims and bid adios to Spain! Transfer to the airport for your return flights home.

Map of St. Ignatius Loyola in Spain Pilgrimage Tour - Early Ignatian Places
An interactive map of the sites on this Ignatian pilgrimage to Spain
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Barcelona · Montserrat · Manresa · Madrid · Burgos - Loyola - Pamplona - Xavier - Huesca
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Pre-Stay in Madrid – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $159 · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $289 · Private Airport Transfer per person $55

Post Stay in Barcelona – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $129 · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $255 · Private Airport Transfer per person $55

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An upgrade to premium economy is available for $1,850 per person roundtrip with the following conditions:  the pilgrimage tour must be 1) paid in full more than 90 days before departure and 2) Guest Information Completed in order to guarantee the price and schedule.

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FAQ for the St. Ignatius Loyola in Spain Pilgrimage Tour - Early Ignatian Places
Barcelona · Montserrat · Manresa · Madrid · Burgos - Loyola - Pamplona - Xavier - Huesca

How do I meet up with the group if I make my own flight arrangements? 

Arrival times vary between dates and within pilgrimages.  If you make your own flight arrangements, we can arrange a private airport transfer from Barcelona Airport to the group hotel for $55 per person.  We can also arrange a private transfer to the airport in Santiago de Compostela for $100 per person.  We recommend using our transfer service because they are known and trusted drivers.  As soon as you have your flight information, email Marcelle.

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